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Cold Weather Doesn't Chill Fans' Enthusiasm

Posted April 4, 2005

— Franklin Street in Chapel Hill came alive after North Carolina beat Michigan State 87-71 Saturday night to advance to the NCAA championship game.

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Fans Celebrate The Win

After thousands of fans watched the game in the Dean Smith Center, they headed for Franklin Street, where the party did not stop until early Sunday morning.

As planned, the Chapel Hill Police Department closed Franklin Street from Raleigh Road to Church Street, and Columbia Street was closed from Rosemary Street to Cameron Avenue.

Police estimated the crowd at about 7,000 people.

Two people were arrested-one for resisting an officer and another for interfering with emergency medical personnel.

Four bonfires were set in the closed area.

Orange County Emergency Medical Services responded to seven calls, three of which were for burns resulting from four bonfires that were set in the closed area.

Chief Dan Jones of the Chapel Hill Fire Department said he did not know how badly the people were burned.

The fires burned for an hour before they were put out and street sweepers washed the streets.

The streets were opened to traffic at 1:37 a.m.

If the Tar Heels win Monday night's title game and claim their first NCAA championship since 1993, Chapel Hill police said they except as many as 15,000 to 20,000 fans to descend on Franklin Street for the celebration.

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